About Brent Blackwell
Brent Blackwell also writes for College Football By The Numbers at www.cfbtn.com.

World Series #106: 2004

June 10, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. In 1968, Vanilla Fudge, a band known mostly for psychedelic cover songs of Motown hits and rock & roll classics, went on tour in the US. Their…

World Series #107: 2007

June 9, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home post with list explained Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. The 2007 World Series had intrigue at the onset. It featured the Boston Red Sox in their first post-drought Series, able to play without an 86-year…

World Series #108: 1999

June 8, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home post with list explained Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. It was to be the perfect end to the 1990's. Sportswriters declared it the Series that would decide the "Team of the 90's". It certainly decided…

World Series #109: 1963

June 7, 2015 Brent Blackwell 1

Home post with list explained Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. In the classic 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Randall McMurphy tries to get his fellow patients to vote to ask Nurse Ratched to allow…

World Series #110: 1928

June 6, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home post with the list explained Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. The widest gap between any two Series on this list are between #110 and #109. I hate to keep stressing it, but the '89 Series…

2015 Falcons Draft: WR Justin Hardy

June 5, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

When the Falcons released Harry Douglas, it was sad but made sense. Douglas was a guy you always had to like. A tough player who always seemed to enjoy the game. He also stepped up in a big way when Julio Jones dealt with injuries. Douglas was exactly what you want in a #3 WR.…

World Series #111: 1989

June 5, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home Post with the list explained The least competitive World Series ever played is actually one of the more memorable ones. However, it's not memorable for anything that happened within the context of the baseball game. It's memorable because the Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco 30 minutes before the beginning of game 3. Everyone…

Ranking Every World Series Ever Played

June 5, 2015 Brent Blackwell 1

During the 2014 World Series I had the idea to rank Game 7's by average leverage, which is just a measure of how important or stressful the average at-bat was. Apparently, the same day I had that idea, Dave Cameron of Fangraphs had the same idea. So I decided to shelve the idea and present…

Measuring Bat Speed with Statcast

May 14, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Thanks to the excellent baseballsavant.com, some Statcast data is finally starting to accumulate. Go over there, look through their stats. It's good stuff. I'm focusing on their batted ball leaderboard. Looking at players which Statcast has seen for at least 20 at-bats, here are Braves hitters ranked by the average speed of the ball when…

2015 Falcons Draft: Tevin Coleman, RB

May 8, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

It's no secret that the Falcons needed a running back. With the departure of Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, the team entered the draft with only 2014 4th round pick Devonta Freeman and deep threat receiving back Antone Smith in the fold. Rather than pursue the two big name first round backs, Atlanta waited until…

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